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lunny says if the lower court ruling against him stands, the community may gain a quiet estuary, but some of their cultural history will be lost. >> the president's plan, up to $5 million undocumented immigrants allowed to stay and work. >> if you meet the criterion, you can come out of the shadows. >> 6 million more facing life in the shadows. tonight president obama acts alone on immigration reforms, as republicans vow to strike back. >> that's not how a democracy works. >> our special reports.
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immigration action. >> i'm john seigenthaler in new york. tonight - millions of undocumented immigrants across america have new hope. in a speech from the white house, president obama unveiled a plan expected to shield up to 5 million from deportation, the president is acting alone, but says he is taking steps that will change the lives of families across america. >> president obama spoke for 40 minutes. ..battle or their fate will end in washington. for many it begins in places like this. paul beban was there in honduras, reporting on kids with no hopes for jobs, straight to escape gangs and see no choice except for making a run for the border. border.
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>> the future of those kids, most, if not all journey to family in the north. to come back, they come back to on empty house. >> from the streets of honduras, to the desert of texas, 35 miles beyond the checkpoint. for some this, is where the journey to america. heidi zhou-castro talked to investigators with the grim task of finding and identifying the dead. the migrants lucky enough. jonathan martin met a teacher whose workload is suddenly crushing. >> you are not just an english
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teacher really? >> no, i'm not. i'm more - i'm the aljab ra teacher if you need me to be. i'm the world geography teacher if they need me to be. >> it's an emotional battle. we saw it in morey eta california, where buses taking children to a processing center are met with tears. along the border, some americans stand guard on their own. >> it's all one person can do. it's what i do. to watching the border, cleaning up the invasion trail. >> a flashpoint. politicians bicker, millions of lives in the balance. >> president obama spoke for 15 minutes, here is what he had to say. >> we are and always will be a station of immigrants. we were strangers once too. whether our forebearers were
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strangers who cross the the atlantic or the pacific or the rio grande, we are here because this country welcomed them in and taught them to be an american is more than what we looked like or what our names were. >> who will be the winners or the losers. jonathan betz is here with details. >> this is a sweeping order, millions can be aspected. -- affected. the presidencies oppressing immigrants is not who we are, so offers to help parents and children. >> reporter: the focus, the president says, is on families, families in the u.s. we are a nation that accepts the cultity. the president outlines changes to pollie in three decades.
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they must have stayed here, have children who are american citizens. people like miguel, whose son long worries he'll be deported. they'll qualify for a social security number, will work legally and pay taxes, but will not get benefits like social security. if you meet the chris earion, you can come out of the shadows. dreamers are eligible, people brought to the u.s. illegally as childrenment the president says it doesn't matter how hold they are, as long as they came before 2010. they'll help 300,000 more people. >> it helps everyone, to be contributing members of the society. >> some want him to go further. dreamers' parents are left out, as are farm workers. the president promised to further tighten the border,
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critics say it sends the wrong message. >> a big concern for immigrants is the protection may not last. since they will not be full u.s. citizens. >> this is - first of all, it's a temporary solution and will remain so for as long as president obama is president. we don't know what will happen in 2016. it is a concern for many and a tough choice for some, whether it will apply for an exception. >> the founder of the dream access coalition is a dreamer. one of the undocumented immigrants that won't face deportation. welcome. you have a smile on your face when you walked in the studio. what did you think about the president's speech? >> it illustrated a much needed reform that we expected for a long, long time. for me, it's like finding out that my mother will qualify for deportation. >> you were concerned about
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that, right. >> absolutely. the reason we do this. we are fighting, making sure we are pressing politicians to do the right thing is because of my mother. knowing today was a significant moment. >> some people will not be as lucky as your mum. millions of people won't be. and could be subject to deportation. the president didn't go far enough. >> absolutely not. the president took a positive step, embracing his constitutional power, and we'll stand with him, making sure we protect the victory from the tea party, from many republican extremists who are trying to take - trying to cause a shutdown. it was at this moment that the president could have gone far enough to protect more people. >> plenty came out of the shadows, and more will. what about people who may be concerned if they come out of the shadows, in a couple of years another president is there and reverses everything. what happens to them.
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>> that's why we need to make sure that the community nose that they need to step up and come out. the more people that come out and apply, the more difficult it is to take protection from people. history showed whenever you give some protection, it's harder to take it away. >> absolutely. being afraid to come out of the storm, driving without a distrifr's licence, many are able to have the protection. >> can you focus on the attempt to reverse the president's action. i mean, what do you expect congress to do, what needs to happen, and what do you think will happen. >> there are many things. ted cruz, cama carsy politics. they want to shut down the government.
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a lot of the money coming from the funds, the agency, immigration, comes from applications, not from appropriations. we have that, but we have republicans like senator mccain and others that want to get something down. they came out saying instead of us focussing on criticizing the president, shutting the government, why don't we come up with a solution. why now, that the republicans have control of the house and the senate, do you think that will happen? >> that's why we are here. we want to make sure as well as to put the pressure on republicans, that the president takes action. >> how do you do that? >> it's speaking to them. >> they are supposed to be speaking to the constituents and the power of the vote. >> do you think that the republicans recognise the power of the latino vote, and the power that you wield, and are you using it effectively. put to this way, i don't have the power to vote. my family does. no political campaign can get us
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close to my family. no campaign can get it to my family. this is a good process, it's on our side. that's the person... >> you say don't. >> millions of us. 2016. presidential elections around the corner. hillary clinton is paying tension. senator rand paul. marco rubio is paying attention. we have a political context where we'll be very divisive. >> thank you so much. >> many people watched the president's speech, including undocumented families, heidi zhou-castro was there and jones us now. what did you hear? >> it was a strongly mixed rehabilitation that i heard at the watch party. on one hand the families that will benefit were ecstatic saying this is a moment they've been waiting and working for. the action falls far short of
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the finish line, leaving behind millions of other families that, in their words are not lucky enough. this time i spend time with the family. there are children born in the u.s. this is their story. >> reporter: breakfast at the kitchen table. surrounded by family. each member here is appreciated because for so long, they have lived with the fear that each meal together may be their last. >> my family and i, the majority of those you are undocumented. stephanie torez was six when she crossed the boarder illegally to join her parents. that was 20 years ago. the parties are without legal authorisation. torez has a temporary work permit. she arrived as a child, and the
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renewed permit arrived in the mail. >> nice. i know, it came yesterday. it's so - it's funny, it's just a little card. but it's life-changing. >> the family has always been tight. a brother and sister born in the u.s. >> if you want, you can wash them. torez's father works two jobs to support the family. >> as long as we have been, we are happy. i mean that. i'm okay. >> why you are undocumented, you can't own a house, you can't get on a plane, see a family outside of the country. you can't legally drive here in texas. what burden does that create.
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>> it's a huge burden. if you want drive your kids to school because you don't have a driver's licence, you are risking your life every morning. >> it was on such a morning one year ago that torez's mother was arrested. she was held in a detention center for two months. unless the government executives her another extension, she'll be deported in january. >> they don't say it. we are thinking it. we want to the keep fighting to be together. this is my family. and they need me. i want to be with them. >> it remains to be seen if president obama's executive action will benefit people under deportation orders. it appears certain that torez's father will be help. >> what is the first thing you'll do once you have documents in order. >> probably see my mum.
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she's in mexico. i have to see my mum. 19, 20 years. >> we'll be able to breathe. live a normal life that we seek. >> the family is hopeful that it will stay together and out of the shadows. >> see you tonight, bye. >> again, they've been in the united states for 20 years. so many families have been here for just as long, if not longer and live a daily life similar to their experience, with the one notable difference, that their children were not born in the u.s., and they have been left out of this executive action. >> heidi zhou-castro, thank you. >> president obama decided to act on his own to reform the american immigration system. republicans in congress say it's a power grab. there'll be consequences. white house correspondent patty culhane has the details.
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>> there are 11 million undocumented immigrants in the united states. with this announcement president obama said he'll give a temporary reprieve to less than half. they have children, who were american citizens. potentially impacting fewer than 5 million people. >> what i describe is accountability. a commonsense middle ground approach. if you meet the criterion, you can come out of the shadows and get to the law. >> it's temporary, the next president could overturn it, leaving the government with an it list of people that could potentially be deported. moving on his own is controversial. in large part because the president is saying he doesn't have the authority to act on his own. >> my job in the executive branch is supposed to be to carry out the laws passed. >> now the white house says it did another review of the law, and the president can act without congress to a limit.
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republicans are threatening revenge. >> we are considering a variety of options. make no mistake, when the newly elected representative of the people take their seats, they will act. >> in all likelihood, there's probably little the republicans can do to stop the president on immigration. they can try to make him pay in other areas. like budget cuts. white house officials admit they can do that, but are betting they won't. >> jeannie is a professor of political science and is back in our studio. welcome. what can republicans do. will they pass a bill? >> i think patty is right. options are limited. they have been threatening a variety of things. they have a big dilemma, they cannot turn off the latino voting community. they have to be careful how they go forward. they cap pass a bull. they have not been successful.
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they can use the power of the purse to curb the money, they can hold up nominees and confirmation hearingsful all the options are limited. there's a lot of disagreement in the republican party about what to do. >> we have been talking about this off camera, who was the reaction to what the president said. >> it was what we expected, what we heard he was going to say. it's an emotional issue. it felt a little divorced from his - the feels didn't seem to be there. i thought he didn't do a good job explaining to the american public why he's just bid in doing this. if you look at the polls, americans support an immigration with foreign policy. he has to explain how he's justified in doing it. i think he is justified. his explanation is a little bit difficult to understand. >> just from a performance stand point, i'm not sure whether he seems a little flat or off.
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the energy into it tonight, that maybe i expected, as you said, there was a human element that he didn't necessarily connect to, right. >> absolutely. your interview with caesar, looking at the interviews with people on the ground. it was an emotional issue. he could bring forward the stories, he did one story, if he could bring forward the emotion, we are talking about 5 million people. it's more than that, it's families, it's an emotional issue they have been struggling with. not much of that came through. >> he's going to vegas, he could do that. he could have someone with him who represents that, and probably will. absolutely. >> there's students, a high school when he tried to make the case. i'm hoping some of the energy from some of the people that support the effort will infuse his speech and he'll make the case more strongly. >> is this the political issue?
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>> it's one of several. it will be a big one. it is a big problem for republicans. what do they do about this. they can't win the white house unless they address the issue of immigration. yet they want to puck the president on this. they are setting themselves up for a big fight. >> good to see you. thank you. quick programming night. white house press secretary josh ernst joins us tomorrow. hope you'll join us then. coming up next - we'll introduce you to one of the millions of undocumented immigrants that could benefit from the president's plan, he's seeking shelter now in a church.
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psh psh president obama's announcement could be the answer to an undocumented immigrant's prayer. he took refuge in a tuscon church hoping to avoid being deported to his neighbouring mexico. jennifer london has his story. [ singing ] >> reporter: this man is seeking salvation. unlike the small group of
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parishioners who attends a vigil he can't leave the church at the end of the service. how long are you prepared to stay in the church? >> i have no idea how long it will be. >> no other options, because he is facing deportation back to mexico. his lawyer tries to halt the proceedings, francisco has taken sanctuary in the church. >> why should you be allowed to stay in the united states. you don't have papers, why shouldn't you be deported? >> it's very long story, but... >> give me a reason why you think you should stay in the united states? >> the reason i think is my kids, my family. i have five kids, they are u.s. citizens. i not have any record, criminal. >> since late september he has been living here. >> it is a place i sleep. >> reporter: hiding in plane
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sight from immigration authorities unlikely to take action. the policy, the moreton memo, states that deportation order would not be carried out at sensitive locations such as schools or churches unless prior approval is obtained. this pastor says pascal can stay at his church for as long as it takes. >> reporter: why is the church basically giving him a hiding place? >> first of all, families should stay together our policies should never be to divide families. >> sank tu air yairs are not without sacrifice. attempts to keep them together tore them apart. francisco and his wife live in a trailer. it's close, but he can't visit. the risk of returning home is far too great. if francisco were caught, he would be deported without the chance to say goodbye.
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confined to the church, francisco's family must come to him. >> i see my children need their father in the home. >> reporter: south side presbyterian church pioneered the movement in the 1980s. the pastor says offering a safe haven for migrants is the right thing to do. >> more people have faith. they promise to follow the command of our faith. these are promises we will not break. >> earlier this year, danielle, undocumented, living in tucson, was issued a one-year stay of his deportation, giving hope to francisco and others. >> i hope tomorrow they call and say hey, everything is okay. everything it over. i don't know how long it will be. with the president's announcement on immigration reforms, francisco's prayers may be answered soon.
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>> and coming up next on the broadcast... [ chanting ] >> relatives of missing mexican students lead protests begging for answers. what happens after the epic snowfall in buffalo. things could get worse.
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this is al jazeera america, and i'm john seigenthaler. coming up president obama inveils a plan to help undocumented immigrants living in the states for years. people in buffalo digging out after 7 feet of snow dumped on the area. things are likely to get worse before they get better you may not know his name, but you know his films. we remember the life and the legacy of mike nichols. >> what is next for the reform plan, and the fight to stop it. let's check in with senior washington correspondent mike viqueira. >> the president says it's all about accountability, and he will have one big political fight on his hands. he says to the republicans in
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congress that called him an emperor and worse, that he has the ability to do that, he's within legal justification, if they don't like it, they can pass a bill. here is more of what the president had to say. >> for those members of the congress that question my authority to make the immigration system work better or question of the wisdom of acting where congress failed, i have one answer. pass a bill. i want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution. the day i sign the bill into law, the action i take will no longer be necessary. >> republicans are conjeeling around one idea. they'll try to defund what the president put forward. use the power of the purse. there's a big spending bill. it's due on december the 11th. they are pushing leadership to defund what the president has
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proposed. >> when you were outside the white house, we heard the protesters in the background. i guess there were people on both sides. >> probably more in support of what president obama was doing. there were peel on both sides. there's a lot of republican rhetoric over the top. a lot of people, republicans say that there could be anarchy in the streets, violence in the street. these protesters are supporting the president. many had their tab loits, they were listening to the president in real time as he gave the address much one was miguel who welcomed what the president had to say. >> this is so good for me, my family, definitely. i can't thank president obama any more. it's awesome what he gave us a shot. and i'm planning on taking advantage of this, doing everything the right way, become part of the u.s. nation. >> john, there is a lot of
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emotion in the story, from the 5 million individuals that president obama hopes to keep in the country for three years, to those who oppose the president, and congress and elsewhere who say they'll fight to reverse what the president has done tonight. >> you see it in the brief interview. >> mass protests in mexico as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets calling for the resignation of that country's president. protesters clash with police in the capital, mexico city, and the demonstration is the latest nationwide protest over widespread corruption and the disappearance of 43 students. rob reynolds has that story. >> tens of thousands took to the streets of mexico city, protesting the disappearance of 43 students taken captive and presumed killed in september in the state of guerrero. the people are demanding justice. they are shouting slogans saying
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they were tape alive and we want them returned alive. people are holding up a variety of placards and signs, and the mexican flag with the red and green colours replaced with black. the people that we spoke to in the crowd said they are sick and tired of a culture of impunity and a government they see as not responsive and unable to protect ordinary mexican citizens. this march, thus far, has been peaceful. in fact, there are few police me to be seen until now. the earlier there were some incidents of violence, where a group of students near the international airport who mohl molotov cocktails.
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also students tried to occupy the headquarters of the education industry. and build a cement wall in front of the main protests. protests also under way in other cities around this country, other cities in latin america, united states, europe and across the world, all in solidarity with mexicans demanding justice. >> rob reynolds reporting. >> new details about the attorney who opened fire and killed three people at florida state university. myeron may described in a journal that he thought the government was targetting him. police shot and killed may after a confrontation outside the university's library. the building was packed with students prepping for midterm exams. police reports reveal that may developed a severe mental
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disorder. >> washington state passed what some gunright called strictest gun law. they fear other states will follow its lead. adam may has that story. >> reporter: some gun owners in washington state are fired up. >> we were pummelled. >> reporter: annette is a 6-time champion. >> that's my baby. >> reporter: she led a campaign against ballot 594. >> it waves resources on something that will not make washington safer. >> reporter: it was designed to plug loopholes and gun laws, mandating checks. on election day washington voters passed 594 in a landslide. almost 60 to 40%. >> did the n.r.a. underestimate the fight? >> i think they did.
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they have a huge, huge battle on their hands. it will spread to other states. this is a cancer. seattle is a test bed. >> you can watch more of atam may's report coming up. >> there were intense changes from capitol hill. lawmakers questioned takata to why it took years to address a defect linked to deaths. 5.8 million cars have been recalled. lisa stark has more. >> the senators were frustrated with the answers they were getting from tashing arta and the others about whether they understand what is the problem with the detective airbags that are causing them to explode. 14 million vehicles have been recalled and involves vehicles made by 10 car companies. lawmakers believe they do not go
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far enough. >> it explodes with such force, that this mettle verieds. >> senator bill neilson holding an inflator, calling it unacceptable that a device designed to save lives is killing and maiming drivers and passengers. such as stephanie, badly injured in a crash in her honda civic, when shrapnel exploded through the air back and into her face. >> saturday i endured multiple therapies. my mission will never be the same, i'll never be the same. >> reporter: injuries similar to those suffered by cory, in a crash in his honda civic. >> all i remember was an explosion, sounded like a shotgun. my right side wept pitch-black. >> his car was moderately damaged in a low-speed collision in may. when the airbag deployed a 3
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inch shard of metal, part of the inflator, flew out and sliced into his face and eye. >> i realised i was bleeding out of my face. i went down to sit on the kerb and thought i was going to die then on the curb. >> burdick is blind in his right eye. on capitol hill an executive manufacturer with takata apologised. >> we are sorry about each of the instances. >> lawmakers wanted answers, asking takata and two lawmakers honda and chrysler if they support the broader recall, demanded by the government. all hedged with takata clearly not on board. >> does takata support the new nation-wide recall. >> senator, it has to answer yes or no. if you allow me. >> it is not hard for you to answer yes or no. >> also on the hot seat -
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n.h.t.s.a., the government agency in charge of auto safety, criticized for not pursuing the problem. the deputy administrator blaming takata for not being forthcoming. >> if the auto industry does not live up to the law. we'll hold them accountable. >> little solace to those already harmed. >> a thought echoed by stephanie erdmann. i asked the committee to do everything in its power to make sure every vehicle with a detective air bag that this made safe. >> a law-maker said they'll try to do that, they want the recalls dramatically expanded and include passenger side air bags. they say that car companies should provide rental or loner vehicles to any driver concerned and does not yet have their air bag fixed. >> lisa stark reporting. >> arizona's attorney-general filed a multibillion lawsuit
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against general motors over unsafe vehicles saying that g.m. defrauded arizona consumers out of $3 billion. many are registered in arizona. if the state wins the suit. the money will not go to owners, instead it will go to the state. so the extreme weather continues to batter buffalo. roofs are buckling under the weight of 7 feet of snow, and people are beginning to dig out. kevin corriveau is here with more on that. the snow is over? >> it is moving. >> it's moving to the south shore. i'll show you that in a moment. the service in buffalo is saying this will be one of the most extreme snow storms that they have seen in the area. they'll measure out and are getting verifications of totals. but for one of the areas, 85 inches of snow was reported. buffalo international got 16 inches of know. i want to show you the radar
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summary, and why this happened. >> look about 18 hours ago. you see the thin band of snow across lake erie. i'll put into motion, see how buffalo was on the fringe of that. as we go through the last 15 minutes, see how it was moving to the south. this is what we were seeing in the forecast. buffalo, hamburg are clearing up. they were the areas effected. we'll see snow to the south. by tomorrow, the snow event will end. buffalo, by the way, 100 inches of snow was the record. we have seen 85. that was to the south of the suburbs. >> i love it when you say only 16 inches of snow. >> buffalo is used to a couple of neat of snow. this is -- feet of know, this is ridiculous. the biggest concern is if it melts or rains. >> exactly. by the time we get from 28 degrees now to saturday, things
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will change, and we see the temperatures warming. all of the east coast will warm up over the next couple of days. we have seen the extreme cold over the last week and a half. what will happen is day by day the temperatures will go up. take a look at the forecast, as we go towards the next couple of days. friday, you can see that we are looking at rain coming into the forecast. let me put that into motion. snow to the south. rain comes up from the south-west. and by saturday, we are looking at rain in the forecast, but this is not the end of it. we'll see the temperatures coming from 43 on saturday. 52 on sunday, 60 degrees as we go towards monday, and we'll get plenty of rain on top of the snow on the ground. >> what a way to start the winter. do you have a long range forecast for the north-east. >> we are looking at a normal winter in the area. it kicked off. >> what is normal. >> we see a pattern in the area
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that has been locked. what happened out west is there has been a rage of high pressure dominating, keeping a trough in the east, coping a flow over the great lakes dumping the snow in buffalo. >> they don't need more trouble. next on this broadcast. potentially good news for some of our colleagues imprisoned in egypt plus... [ ♪ music ] ..from "the graduate", to "the birdgau birdcage", a look back at some of mike nicholls incredible work on the big screen.
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monday is the deadline for striking a deal on a nuclear programme. secretary of state john kerry arrived in vienna for new negotiations. he's holding out hopes for a last-minute bargain.
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>> john kerry, the secretary of state arriving in vienna as the clock ticks towards the deadline. iran, and international negotiate juniors, the p5+1, the five permanent members, as well as germany, are trying to build on an interim deal. a ground-breaking agreement is possible. >> we are not discussing extension, we are negotiating to get an agreement. it's that simple. look, you know, if you get to the time hour, and you are in need of having to look at alternatives we'll look at them. i'm not telling you that we are not looking at something, we are not looking at them, not now. >> negotiate jorls are closer to a -- negotiators are close to a deal. difficult issues are left to the end. reports from tran suggesting the -- tehran, suggesting that
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iranon side will not make concessions on the plant used to produce plutonium. and that iran has not made a deadline to provide information requested you, particularly about what goes on in the plant. >> we call on iran to increase and provide access to all relevant information, documentation sites, material and personnel. >> here, secretary-general ban ki-moon asked all to show flexibility, wisdom and determination. there are three possible outcomes - a break down, an historic agreement or an extension of the process. the next few days will be crucial. egypt's president is considering
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pardons for three al jazeera journalists imprisoned for a year. the fate of the gaoled journalist is under review. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed have been detained for 327 days. >> dear mr president abdul fatah al-sisi. we realise that the decision to free peter is not entirely in your hands alone, but, please, please see to it that peter is back with his family before christmas. >> al jazeera denies the allegations against the journalists and demands their release. >> f.i.f.a. under fire, a week after the corruption cases against russia and qatar were closed, they are facing more scrutiny. the issue stems from a report by the head investigator michael
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garcia on the process in which russia won the bid to host the 2018 world cup. today, justin karstadt, and the top judge agreed that a third independent party should review the report. it will be determined whether some or all will be released to f.i.f.a.'s executive committee. the compromise is a small step to making it public. >> what we do know about garcia's report is it clears russia and qatar of violations. there may be violations from individuals that we don't know about. carsia initial -- garcia initiated the process. turning over the report or most of it to the executive committee let's them make a decision with better information. a number of people within the support are critical of responses to allegations of
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corruption. three whistle blowers, including this man, said publicly they provided first-hand information about pay for vote schemes. another of the three, who worked on the qatar bid before losing her job said she faced threats and other tactics since coming forward. >> i'm tired of f.i.f.a.'s culture of secrecy. i've been introduced to a new culture of paranoia, fear, and of threats. it's not going to change. i will always look over my shoulder for the rest of my life. >> in 2011 she claims that qatari officials tried to buy votes was false, she says she was coerced into doing that. qatari said their bid was
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aboveboard, and investigations have been vetted and dismissed won more story note, the government of qatar funds this network our image of the day comes up next. remembering a movie legend - a look at some of director mike nichol's unforgettable films.
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[ ♪ music ] a classic scene from "the graduate", probably mike nicholls greatest and influential movie. the acclaimed director died in new york, he was 83. nicholls, who began his career in improv leaves backhand a body of work covering every jen re. david poland is director of
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movie city news. he is in l.a. this late evening. great to have you on the programme. what was it that made mike nicholls shine when it came to the director of movies? >> he had the ability to bring out the best in actors. that was obvious. every movie had great performances. 22 movies, and there's maybe one or two that people are in love with. basically some of the greatest performances of these actors careers and things you didn't expect. ann margaret as a harrowing woman, ann bancroft in "the graduate", who was not considered to be the great beauty for the moving, but was every bit of powerful, and dustin hoffmann, coming from nowhere. >> why was that movie unique and influential do you think? >> it is a seminal story about coming of age. i feel the movie has been
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repeated over and over in different disguises. i said "the fight club" was a rip off of "the graduate", it's a movie about-facing a life of plastic, doing something violent to wake yourself up and come alive. of the moment, it's every moment. that is what nicholls is special about. his movies, they were underrated, but his movies stand up to the test of time. >> let's look at a clip from "the graduate." >> movie reel: for god's sake, plans robinson, you bring me into your house, offer me a drink and tell me your husband won't be home for hours. >> so. >> you are trying to seduce me for a generation of folks, it's a movie that changed the industry in some ways. >> well, it was part of that
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revolution of independent film when the studio business fell apart in the late '60s, and early '70s. it was just of the moment in a brilliant way. buck henry wrote a great script. bruce in that shot was the sanaa notographer. those shots were amazing, interesting shots. the shot of the leg, a classic imaging of all time was the poster. it really - we are a disaffected nation. everyone not out protesting the vietnam war, there are people trying to live their lives, and this represented the youth of that time that was not rebellious, but was feeling like there was something going on underneath that they had to fight about. >> let's look at at scene. this comes from bird cage, where the conservative future in-law find out that the groom's parents are not what he expected. >> he isn't married to a housewife and his name is not
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coleman, it's goldman, they are jewish. >> he's a man. >> can't be. you can't be jewish. >> no, kevin, kevin, kevin. this is a man. >> what? >> talk to me about his style of comedy. >> the thing about mike nicholls is he pumped you in the face, but it was subtle and entertaining. you had a good time watching the movie. later, the stuff hit you in the face. you realised you'd gone through the experience. the bird cage is a case where it's a broad movie. but at that time the gay lifestyle was not part of our cinema, was not part of television life and broke ground. it was, you know, obviously based on another movie from years before, a french movie. to see american stars doing
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this, gene hugh jackman, robin williams being the straightman, and on stage more so. he was behind the level of a legend. in film he was one of the greatest film-makers, on stage he was there at the very, very, very top. >> he's known for this directing. but a lot of people know him for his career on stage as a comedian. how does somebody succeed so much in so many areas? >> well, i mean, the same basic thing that worked with him and elaine may took him through theatre, film. it was always a consistency, never really easy to pin down. he didn't have a visual style that was the same from film to film, which a lot of directors had. he didn't have a message that was the same from film to film. it was a conflict between people. it was about love and hate, and how people dealt with each
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other. what they said and didn't say. sometimes it was light, like working gel, where it was kind of a romp -- working girl, whether it was copied r kind of a romp -- it was kind of a romp, and sometimes something like "who's afraid of virginia wolf." john travolta gave his performance in "primary covers", an underrated film. the clinton thing kind of kept that from taking off. >> a powerful voice in the entertainment industry. thank you very much. >> annie lever witch photographed some of the famous people, from michelle obama to madonna. they will not be in an exhibit at the new york historical society. she gave me a personal four and talked about her career. >> my day it day work doesn't nourish me the way i wish it
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could. i have to take a photograph on demand. i wanted to be taken in, something to, you know, setuse me. the cover of the book. the picture of niagra falls. the story behind that, how did it happen? >> i took the children to see niagra falls, and they were mesmerized. i stood behind them and literally took the picture over my head. >> you can watch that interview tomorrow at 8:. 0 and 11:00 eastern time. annie would appreciate our picture, a surfer caught in midprice. the athlete was toed out off the coast of portugal, to meet the swelling ocean. that's the broadcast. thank you for watching. "america tonight" is coming up next. see you back here tomorrow night.
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